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Barfing Cats and Other Stories from Talking to Weasels in Support

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Barfing Cats and Other Stories from Talking to Weasels in Support

We’ve written a lot about weaseling and cheating (combatting it, recovering from it) in Beeminderland, and about how we approach customer support. Today we thought we’d share some of our standard responses... »

Beeminding All The Things

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Beeminding All The Things

First, this guest post is an absolute inspiration and we implore you to read it. We’ve talked about Brent Yorgey before in press roundups but we’ll assume you don’t read those and repeat our gushing in this introduction. If you don’t know him, Professor Yorgey is well-known in the ... »

The Dirty Plate Club

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
The Dirty Plate Club

This is going to start out sounding super common-sensical but will leap to a characteristically preposterous-sounding conclusion that I, characteristically, actually believe. Not as preposterous-sounding as, say, beeminding bites, but still. The obvious part is that if you have food left on your plate but are full, it’s more wasteful (waistful,... »

Feature Unannouncement: Exponential Roads Going Piecewise Linear

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Feature Unannouncement: Exponential Roads Going Piecewise Linear

We have what sounds like bad news for Beeminder supernerds who use fanciness like exponential roads, but hear us out! We’re getting rid of exponential roads. I know, gasp! We’ve already migrated the small number of exponential roads... »

Negative Reinforcement ≠ Punishment

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Negative Reinforcement ≠ Punishment

Prof Michele Gregoire Gill is back! In her previous post she mentioned that Beeminder, in large part, motivates her via negative reinforcement. If you think that makes her sound... »

Schelling Fences on Slippery Slopes

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
Schelling Fences on Slippery Slopes

Special guest post by Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex! This was originally published on LessWrong in 2012 but was in want of a better home. So it may be an exaggeration... »

500 Words A Day

Friday, December 8th, 2017
500 Words A Day

We’re honored to have sci-fi/fantasy author (and years-long Beeminder fan) Kara Timmins guest-blogging for us today about her secret to getting novels published. Ok, it’s not a secret. I mean, if we had our way it would be the diametric opposite of a secret. In case... »

Psychoanalyzing Beeminder

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Psychoanalyzing Beeminder

We’re excited to have Prof Michele Gregoire Gill guest blogging for us! She’s a bonafide expert in what Beeminder is trying to do. Also she personally is a dedicated Beeminder user for the last 3 years. She’s here to tell us about how... »

Beeminder Is Sixy!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Beeminder Is Sixy!

The last year has flown by like a swarm of bees. We do one of these blog posts every year and they’re kind of a mix between a family Christmas letter and a state of the union address. We’ll spend a while congratulating ourselves on the charming new babies we made this last year, we’ll... »

The Sting of Work: How I Use Beeminder, Part Two

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
The Sting of Work: How I Use Beeminder, Part Two

Brennan K. Brown is back with the sequel to his previous article. It’s a wonderful collection of advice and insight about creating Beeminder goals. Recommended reading for newbees and veterans alike! In my »